Three more vaccinated U.S. Senators announced they have tested positive for COVID-19.
Sens. Angus King (I-ME), Roger Wicker (R-MS), and John Hickenlooper (D-CO) released separate announcements regarding their positive COVID-19 test results, CNN Wire Service reported Thursday.
“Despite taking precautions and receiving the vaccine, this morning I tested positive for COVID-19,” King, who caucuses with the Democrats, said Thursday in a press statement. “While I am not feeling great, I’m definitely feeling much better than I would have without the vaccine.”
King said since the pandemic began in March 2020, he has “worked to follow the professional guidance and take all precautions necessary to protect myself, my loved ones, my staff, and my community both here in Maine and in Washington.”
This has meant masks, social distancing, a work-from-home mindset for myself and my team, driving up and back to Maine dozens of times rather than flying until only recently, Zoom calls instead of attending Senate hearings in person, voting quickly on the floor while remaining masked, regular testing for me and my staff, and receiving the vaccinations when it was my turn to get them earlier this year. None of these were convenient, but nor were they onerous; my actions were a part of being a responsible member of the community and listening to the medical professionals who spend years to become masters of their science and keep us alive and healthy.
“Despite all my efforts, when I began feeling mildly feverish yesterday, I took a test this morning at my doctor’s suggestion, and it came back positive,” the senator continued. “I will keep everyone posted in the days ahead of the healing process, but I urge everyone to remain vigilant, follow the guidance from health professionals, and get vaccinated if you haven’t been.”
Wicker’s office announced Thursday the senator tested positive for COVID after seeking a test “due to mild symptoms.”
“Senator Wicker is fully vaccinated against COVID-19, is in good health, and is being treated by his Tupelo-based physician,” the announcement read. “He is isolating, and everyone with whom Senator Wicker has come in close contact recently has been notified.”
Hickenlooper announced on Twitter Thursday:
I’ve tested positive for a breakthrough case of COVID-19. I feel good but will isolate per docs instructions. I’m grateful for the vaccine (& the scientists behind it!) for limiting my symptoms.
“If you haven’t gotten your shot—get it today!” he urged. “And a booster when it’s available too!”
On August 2, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) also announced he had tested positive for COVID-19.
“I was just informed by the House physician I have tested positive for #COVID19 even after being vaccinated,” Graham posted to Twitter. “I started having flu-like symptoms Saturday night and went to the doctor this morning.”
“I feel like I have a sinus infection and at present time I have mild symptoms,” he said at the time. “I will be quarantining for ten days. I am very glad I was vaccinated because without vaccination I am certain I would not feel as well as I do now. My symptoms would be far worse.”
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced that, as of May 1, 2021, the agency had “transitioned from monitoring all reported vaccine breakthrough cases to focus on identifying and investigating only hospitalized or fatal cases due to any cause.”
As of August 9, CDC reported more than 166 million people in the United States had been fully vaccinated against COVID.
“During the same time, CDC received reports from 49 U.S. states and territories of 8,054 patients with COVID-19 vaccine breakthrough infection who were hospitalized or died,” the agency stated.
As Lumen-News reported at the end of July, cardiologist and epidemiologist Dr. Peter McCullough released a report in which he provided ten reasons to “drop support of mandates for investigational COVID-19 vaccines.”
One of those reasons, he said, is that the vaccines “do not work well enough.”
“The current COVID-19 vaccines are not sufficiently protective against contracting COVID-19 to support its use beyond the current voluntary participation in the CDC sponsored program,” he observed, pointing out that CDC reported 10,262 SARS-CoV-2 breakthrough infections as of April 30.
McCullough cited these numerous breakthrough reports as the likely reason for CDC’s response to end reporting of breakthrough cases to the public.
Noting as well that “COVID-19 vaccines do not protect against the increasingly prevalent Delta variant,” McCullough observed that, in the United Kingdom, “SARS-CoV-2 variants of concern report June 25, 2021, of 92,056 cases of Delta, 42% were vaccinated.”
“Fortunately, among all Delta cases, there was a 0.3% mortality as compared to the Alpha (UK) variant at 1.9%,” he further stated.